- Ski station
"By Eve Boissonnault, Special Contributor
It was Jean-Claude Killy who, in the 1960s, became the poster child of French skiing. His career as a competitive skier, marked by a series of spell-binding performances, led to Killy taking home the gold in all three Alpine events during the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble. As testament to his talent, a skiing area in Killy’s hometown was later named in his honour.
Fastforward to 2015, when Val d'Isèr – Tignes (formerly Espace Killy) now enjoys a reputation as the epicentre of the skiing world. Located halfway between Geneva and Turin, the little piece of Savoyard paradise, nestled in the Vanoise Massif, is proud to be known as the French skiing paradise par excellence. Young and vibrant, Val d'Isère – Tignes (formerly Espace Killy) is the place to enjoy some of the most intense skiing in the world. Val d’Isère, with its chic and sophisticated flair, is connected to its younger and more rebellious sister station, Tignes, through three different passages. Together, this fantastic duo forms Val d'Isère – Tignes (formerly Espace Killy), a superb ski area boasting over 300 km of groomed runs, which has received accolades around the world.
Val d’Isère: Tradition… with a young, hip vibe
When you hear the bells ring at Val d’Isère, more often than not they mark the start of a World Cup race. The Face de Bellevarde, overlooking the resort, one of the most technical runs on the
circuit, is much like an illuminated monument surrounded by the admirers who gather at its feet. Needless to say, such worship is definitely well earned. Val d’Isère is the perfect mountain for experienced skiers eager to earn their après-ski downtime.
And, since we are on the topic of après-ski fun, you’ll be excited to know that a young, hip vibe has taken over La Fruitière, a mountain restaurant that has since expanded to add the Folie
Douce bar to its facilities. Quiet wine sipping has made room for DJs and turntables, blaring the tunes for fluorescent ski pant-wearing crowds on the terrace, happily enjoying one of
the most lively après-ski parties in the Alps. But, hip parties and ski racing aside, when it boils down to it, Val d’Isère and Tignes are about pure, simple skiing at its very
best… and, given the immensity of it all, what else could you really need?"